California American Water Company Moves to Palm Avenue Retail Space

In a move that will limit Palm Avenue blight by filling a large empty commercial space, but offers residents little else, California American Water Company plans on taking over the old "Everyday Furniture / Kragen Auto / Kickboxing" building on Palm Avenue.

Currently located on Cherry Ave in Imperial Beach, the local area's provider of monthly water bills is expected to complete the move early 2014.

What do you think about the seldom visited water utility company's decision to occupy limited prime retail commercial space on Palm Avenue?

Tom Summers August 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM
I think California American Water, the local water monopoly, should be putting their energies and resources to better use by installing additional water meters on multi-family properties. The property across the street from me in the 200 block of Date Avenue has one water meter serving 8 units. It is my belief that one meter per unit would greatly encourage water conservation. How can a family be expected to conserve water if their dwelling does not have its own dedicated meter? I think a cooperative effort on the part of the city and the utility to get meters installed on every rental unit in this town would go a long way towards reducing water usage, and perhaps we would not see these rate increases. Or at least we would see a benefit for the rate increase recently imposed. It might even put a few pipe fitters and cement masons to work also. That's what I think. Thanks. Tom Summers.
frogy August 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Jon Hall August 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM
It would appear the City Fathers have let the water company know the area near the bay is going to be undergoing many changes in the future to accommodate the thousands of bicyclists who will be visiting the area --- and unrelated businesses on or near the bay will have to move to make room for them ...
Kelly Tracy August 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM
California American Water should stay put. That would be a poor choice to occupy a prime commercial retail location with a utility company that is already functioning just fine at its existing location. What or city and Cal Am SHOULD be doing is imposing steep fines on ALL of the repeat offenders of blatant water wasting by several commercial properties as well as others that have water running over the sidewalks and down the street from there sprinklers systems, I have complained about several properties for years with little to no action taken to correct these water wasters. Imposing hefty Fines on these perpetrators would save water and help keep our water bills down.
Jon Hall August 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Tom Summers --- many many years ago there was a severe water shortage --- we experienced rationing, bans on outside water use, threats of diminished supply forever, and a lowering of the quality of the water we received --- as a result everyone pitched in and conserved, conserved, conserved --- and guess what --- the rates went up --- and up again --- and are still going up --- and I'll bet it will go up again soon ...
Marcus Boyd August 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM
While I love arguing with Jon Hall, NOT THIS TIME! Jon's 100% correct - this time! Much like gasoline prices, the cost of water has gone up - unchecked - and will go up again soon, if only to pay for the new Palm Avenue commercial retail space. Thanks for your comment Jon - this time. :-)
Libi Uremovic August 24, 2013 at 05:46 PM
it's not normal for an industrial facility to pay for retail space, but when retail space has no value it becomes affordable to less desirable uses...
Jon Hall August 25, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Marcus --- appreciate the comment --- as I have been told by others *even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while* ...
Lee DeLay August 26, 2013 at 06:22 PM
And even a broken clock.........
Libi Uremovic August 26, 2013 at 06:39 PM
maybe a few blind squirrels and stopped clocks can run for council next cycle .... it would be a great improvement over what we've got now.... a blind squirrel would be a better choice for mayor of san diego too...
Tom Summers September 02, 2013 at 09:49 AM
And then there are the Flying Monkeys, of which Ed Kravatz refers occasionally. I think he means folks who feel the need to "ridicule", but don't have the courage to identify themselves. Regardless, I also agree with Jon Hall about rates going up no matter what. That's what happens with monopolies. Monopolies have no place in a free marketplace. But they do offer a cozy bed for politicians to climb into. As for Kelly Tracy's comment; I say, yes, we've all seen water wasters. Now imagine that you are sharing a water meter with them. How does that make you feel? You're already paying jacked up rates. There's an ongoing water shortage here in this urbanized desert. The water co. won't do anything about it, and the city with whom they have this very cozy arraingement, won't either. And your water bill partner is a profligate water waster. I would want my own meter put in, but I sure wouldn't want to pay the $7000 ransom they charge for a few fittings, the meter, and a few hours of labor. I guarantee you usage will plummet when more folks are held accountable for their water consumption. Thank you for the lively debate.


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